Monday, February 2, 2015

January Wrap - February Goals

Well friends, the first month of 2015 has already passed and as we transition into a new month, it's time to look at what we accomplished in January. Whether you had a new years resolution or a set of goals you set for the new year, now is a good time to reflect on if you are really going to follow through. For me, I set in motion a year long happiness project in which I am working on becoming the best person I can be. I chose a word for the year and that is Rejuvenate. I spoke about my happiness project goals back in the beginning of January and I think I am off to a great start.

Fitness, February, Friendship

My most viewed post for January was: How to Order Eyeglasses Online

January was all about R & R (Re-focus and Relaxation). I feel pretty good about what I accomplished. I could always do better, but the couple of things I did do, really made this months goal feel like a win. Lets see what I accomplished:

#1 Working with a counselor to manage stress: This is one of the best things I could of done for myself. I was drowning in my own stress mess and had no idea how to get out. My health was on the downward spiral and I was all together feeling miserable. Talking to a third party who has no idea what your life is like is really nice. There is no judgement or harmful criticism to make you feel worse about your situation. You should never feel like this is a bad option. Never feel embarrassed to ask for help.

#2 Signing up for a class: This is something I have been wanting to do since I moved to my new city (3 years ago). I dragged my feet for so long. Finally I saw an ad for a stress relief yoga class being offered locally. It was being offered for 10 people only and something inside of me screamed this was the class I needed to take. Sitting on a plane coming home from Nashville, I sent the email. I was the tenth applicant!

#3 Yoga: I have officially attended 3 yoga classes in the stress relief series. I have learned so much about myself in the 3 weeks I have attended. I am learning to use my breath and clear my mind when things gets overbearing. I am getting a little more comfortable about looking at myself in the mirror and liking what I see. My core is getting a workout and that makes me smile. I love feeling the muscles I forgot I had. It also inspired me to write a beginners guide to yoga by the beginner. I hope you check it out.

#4 Baths: I was given a gift of homemade bath tea for Christmas. I forgot how nice it is to relax in a bath full of relaxing herbs. Epsom salts and herbs were my savior on cold nights when my muscles aches and my mind raced. Being able to fully relax all aspects of my body was very fulfilling. I slept better a night and woke up more rested. Win/Win. Expect a how to on making your own herbal bath teas coming up in February!

#5 Reading: I have been reading my little heart out since November. I strived to finish up my winter reading challenge, but I didn't complete it. I do not consider this a fail though because I have read more books in the past 3 months then I have in a few years. It has also inspired me to use the library and my kindle more often. Coming up in March I am planning an e-reader reading challenge. I hope you join! It will be lots of fun!

I really think January was a great start to my goals for the year. I feel like I am on a good track! Now let's talk about February. I am dedicating February to Friendship and Fitness. The reason I am picking those 2 topics is February is American Heart Month as well as the month of Valentines. I think starting here after working on relaxing would be a great time to focus on my health and relationships. I will continue to layer what I learned in January into my February goals.

The goals I want to set are as follows:

#1800 Minute Challenge: I have decided to participate in this challenge that Erin over at Living in Yellow is hosting. I missed it last year and this year it fits perfectly into my plans. It runs from February 1st through March 31st. This is a great opportunity to bring my yoga practice into this months goals.

Eat better: I am participating in a Biggest Loser competition at work starting today and running through April 24th.  Between this and the 1800 Minute challenge I have a lot of motivation to get healthy this month as well as getting myself into the gym!

Make 2 new friends: This is a tough one for me, but it needs to get gone. Meeting friends as an adult it totally like courting someone to date. I am going to try to ask at least 2 new people out for coffee or something that interests us both.

Rekindle Friendships: I have a lot of long distance friendships. Sometimes just like long distance relationships, friendships also need rekindling. I am going to reach out to some of my close friends and get that magic back. Life is hard and busy but it gets easier to have the ones we love there with us.

Read 3 Books: This one doesn't fit in with the rest but I am going to try to meet a book goal each month to keep me reading!

So there we are. My 5 goals this month. They are all pretty big ones. I hope to get them accomplished!

What are your goals for February?





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9 comments:

  1. I love all of your stress reducing goals, sounds like you did a great job on those! Oh my gosh, I am so with you on the making new friends thing- why is it SO hard as an adult?? It probably doesn't help that I'm an introvert and not usually the one to initiate things. Need to get better at that!

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    1. Thanks! I really needed to unload. I was going crazy! I'm telling you meeting adult friends is like dating. You totally have to court them.I am an introvert too so this is going to be an interesting month!

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  2. These are amazing goals, I just may have to add some of them to my own list! Make two new friends, that's a unique one and I really like it. To get healthier is another good one - I recently got into running and have posted advice on it on my blog, and it appears to be pretty helpful! Good luck, and happy February!

    xo, Emily | Lynde Avenue

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    1. I really need to find new people to hang out with that aren't my coworkers! They are fun but sometimes I need to vent and not have the person already know what I'm talking about! I need to get healthy. I am finally putting my foot down. Can't wait to see your list!

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  3. Yoga has really been helping me too, I find it's amazing at de-stressing and actually a lot more difficult than I realised! Agree completely with the counselling, I felt so embarrassed and weak for going but I realised it's probably one of the best and strongest decisions I could've made!

    sheepishlyshameful.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yoga is hard! I never realized it either. My core muscles were screaming at me this past week after my class. I am so happy you made the decision to talk to someone. It is the strongest decision I have made too! Glad to meet you!

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  4. I love how candid you were with your goals! Seriously...good for you! And yes, meeting friends as an adult is sooo hard! It is like dating, haha.

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    1. Thanks girl! Might as well let it all hang out lol!

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  5. Making friends is so hard! I switched up my yearlong goals, so instead of "make friends" it has goals pertaining to going to social events. Because you can't control whether or not the other person reciprocates, but you can certainly make the effort!

    Great goals - good luck accomplishing them all!

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